Jackie Brookner is an ecological artist who collaborates internationally with ecologists, hydrologists, design professionals, communities and policy makers on participatory public art projects implementing water remediation. Her Biosculptures_ are living water filtration systems that restore habitat, reclaim polluted water and create multifunctional public spaces in parks, public recreation sites, and along urban waterways. While functioning practically these projects provoke biopolitical questions about human exceptionalism and activate collective creative agency as local communities participate in revitalizing their public spaces. Two recent projects are: Veden Taika in Salo, Finland --Three floating islands that improve water quality, provide habitat for nesting birds, and create an aesthetic focal point in a former sewage treatment lagoon that is now a popular hiking site; and Urban Rain-- two installations in San Jose, CA that collect and filter stormwater from the roof of a new community center. "Urban Rain," (published by ORO editions, 2009) provides a survey of Brookner's work. Brookner was Guest Editor of the 1992 Art Journal issue, "Art and Ecology. " Her essays can be found in Cultures and Settlements, in LA China, in M/E/A/N/I/N/G, in Natural Reality/Artistic Positions Between Nature and Culture. Recent solo exhibitions include "Native Tongues" at The Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain and "Of Earth and Cotton," which traveled throughout the United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Nancy Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.
installation,landscape design,sustainable design,transdisciplinary design,urban ecologies